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Why do companies want to come to the BIOS Import / Export conference?

The YummyMummy Box 

We are very keen to showcase our new YummyMummy Box at the Business In & Out of Scotland (BIOS) Conference in Edinburgh this month because we see this as an amazing opportunity to increase our reach and connect with other businesses.

We are launching the Box at the conference in Scotland’s capital and are looking forward to being part of such a large and important event. We hope not only to market our product but also get involved with networking and making new alliances as we begin to grow our business. Elaine Hunter, Founder of the YummyMummy Box and webmag said “This is a great chance for us to see what kind of market there is for product abroad. We are very excited about exhibiting at the conference.”

www.yummymummybeauty.com

 

Holiday Essentials 

The timing of the BIOS conference for our business could not be better. We are preparing to export as we have already had requests for our product in Europe and the rest of the world however as an entrepreneur finding credible information on exporting your product is very difficult as I have been given some conflicting advice from individuals, however attending an event such as this will ensure I am listening to people who have actually been in my exact position!  The quality of the speakers and the mixture of products and services is excellent I am very much looking forward to the day!  Knowledge is key to success, we have a wealth of expertise in one room willing and wishing businesses like yours to do well, so, whats stopping you? Book your ticket now and I will see you there!

www.holidayessentials.biz

 

Whisky Frames

“Whisky Frames are very keen to enter the exporting market and the BIOS exhibition gives us a wonderful opportunity to validate our product in an export focused market. This would be an exciting discovery and invaluable market research for us. The conference would provide us with a wealth of knowledge on how we can grow our company outside of Scotland from a range and depth of experts. Our product represents Scotland’s creativity, its industrial past and innovative present.  We strive to impress and represent Scotland as a thriving place for design and entrepreneurship.”

www.whiskyframes.com

 

Veloeye 

“Veloeye is an innovative bike security and rider safety product harnessing the power of social media to deter and reduce bike theft. Developed by two cyclists, Veloeye fills the gap in the market where tracking and retrieval of stolen bikes is left largely to chance. Bike theft is a global problem and Veloeye are currently developing a GPS tracker to monitor both bicycle and rider providing complete protection.

Attending BIOS would allow us to gain a better grasp of the challenges in trading internationally from Scotland and to network with those who can assist us with the routes to the global market. ”

www.veloeye.com

 

Reinvent Life Sciences 

“Export has always been an engine for growth for the Scottish food and drink sector with exports reaching £5.1bn in 2014. We are a functional health drinks business with huge export potential. We have received interest from consumers in the US, Germany and India.

Whilst we are expanding our national presence, we intend to start collaborating with international distributors to extend our reach in the US and Asia. Our goal is to build our knowledge and network to execute this opportunity. Participating in BIOS will kick start our journey to achieve that goal and our dream of becoming a global brand from Scotland. ”

www.reinventls.com 

 

OTAQ 

“We think OTAQ would benefit enormously from attending this.  Our main opportunities for growth are in export markets.  Whilst we know where these markets are, I believe there are always ways we could be approaching them better.   Many of the topics being discussed such as protecting your brand and export finance are areas where we have little experience and could be very valuable.”

www.otaq.co.uk

 

Prickly Thistle 

  1. “Brand Protection – to listen and speak with experts who have hands on experience on this topic would allow us to ensure the core IP of the business is fully prepared for pushing forward with international reach.  Currently the business has only engaged with a few North American clients with the prime purpose of building case studies and a start-up track record.  Before the business enters its full export strategy into this region in a specific sector, speaking to those who have the war wounds would be invaluable opposed to theory based advice.
  2. International Finance – Bridge of Weir in many ways operates how I envisage this business, luxury product to OEM’s and completion centres.  Insight as to how they finance and structure contracts with their clients will allow me to gain first-hand experience on the best working capital tips and tools for this type of supply.”

www.pricklythistlescotland.com

 

Cutitronics 

“Cutitronics services international customers all of whom are global brand names. We have been asked to be a full turnkey supplier designing our technology specifically for their needs supplying internationally. Attending this conference would allow us to gain a better grasp of the challenges in trading internationally from Scotland and to network with those who can assist us on this path. The other area covered that is of particular interest is that of international finance as this will be a key focus for us in the near future.”

www.cutitronics.com

 

Cargo Seat 

“CarGo seat is in the final manufacturing process and our sales strategy covers European and International export. We are primed to crash test in EU USA and Canada and feel this seminar would be very beneficial as there will be cultural differences as well as economic.”

www.cargoseat.com

 

Windair Systems Limited

“Windair Systems Limited has developed an integrated off-grid cooling solution for buildings especially in hot countries, which will completely remove the need for energy-hungry air-conditioners in building using a combination of windows and solar heat absorption chillers. The company are currently in discussion with Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, a Government-owned university in India to install our product in the Institute with a view to encouraging both government and commercial buildings to be fitted with our system. We also have interests from building contractors in Nigeria (Africa’s largest economy)”

 

More-2-Explore

As a new business the BIOS Exhibition offers an invaluable source of information.  The 3 speakers at the event are world class and, in particular , I am excited to learn how Fiona Houston, Co-founder of Mara Seaweed, made such a large market impact in such a short time. Also, the seminars running, during the day, are vital for any business who are considering trading overseas. Combine these opportunities with the chance to network with other businesses and the BIOS Exhibition is a must! More-2-Explore offers an innovative solution to parents concerned about their child’s safety out of the home.

Scottish Edge

Scottish EDGE is a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming, innovative, high-growth potential entrepreneurial talent.

Scottish EDGE is made up of four categories; Scottish EDGE, for companies of all sectors and stages; Higgs EDGE, a special technology award aimed at entrepreneurs who have an engineering, science or technology based business and have a product, or product under development, which is scalable and capable of globalisation; Young EDGE, for companies where all directors are under the age of 30; and WildCard EDGE, for companies who are currently pre-trading.

Historically the Scottish EDGE was run by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise alongside various partners, however, in August 2014, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Sir Tom Hunter agreed to extend the success of the fund and lead in its delivery going forward.

David Shearer chairs the Scottish EDGE board with directors from The Hunter Foundation and Royal Bank of Scotland, alongside an Advisory Board drawn from our partners in Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Business Gateway, Entrepreneurial Scotland, Social Investment Scotland and Prince’s Trust.

Britain’s biggest business competition in terms of cash prizes, Scottish EDGE, is offering Scotland’s entrepreneurial businesses the chance to pitch for up to £150,000 in funding and support. A total prize fund of £1.3 million is available for the current Round 9. To date, 205 businesses have received the coveted Scottish EDGE award, generating 641 Scottish jobs, producing an additional £31.80 million in turnover, and receiving £28.36 million in external investment as a result of the fund’s support.

Winning businesses must demonstrate innovation, business growth potential and that their product or service is capable of being sold out with their local area. Many Scottish EDGE businesses go on to export and often the prize funding is used to facilitate this. The BIOS Conference will provide a forum in which SMES including Scottish EDGE winners interested in exporting are able to collaborate, knowledge share, and interact with companies who have been through (or are going through) the process.

Scotland Food & Drink

Scotland Food & Drink (SF&D) is the industry’s leadership organisation. Its mission is grow the value of the nation’s food and drink sector to £16.5bn by 2017 and build Scotland’s reputation at home and abroad as a Land of Food and Drink.

Scotland Food & Drink brings all the industry associations in the food and sector – from farmers and fishermen to manufacturers – together with the key public sector agencies. They work in a spirit of collaboration and partnership to develop the economic growth strategy for the industry, which Government and public sector agencies align their support behind.

The Scotland Food & Drink partnership is increasingly recognised across the rest of the UK and internationally as a model to follow. The partnership between industry and government forged through SF&D has been integral to success and is recognised as key to food and drink moving from being a sector of static growth in 2007 to one of the best performing sectors of the Scottish economy.

Scotland Food & Drink is a membership organisation, working with food and drink businesses in Scotland to support their growth. It has 360 companies and organisations within its membership, ranging from small artisan producers to multinational manufacturers, as well as most of the major retailers and catering companies.

The Scottish food and drink industry is buoyant and growing, contributing more than £14bn to the Scottish economy, with sales growing in the UK and internationally. Overseas exports account for £5bn of the £14bn total, £3.9bn of this export value is Scotch Whisky alone, of the £1.1bn of food exports, salmon and seafood account for over half. The main market for food exports is Europe, but the new Scotland Food & Drink Partnership Export Strategy also focusses on North America, the Middle East and Far East.

SDI is the lead delivery partner on food and drink exports, they execute the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership Export Strategy. This is an excellent example of collaboration in action, with a team of 10 new food and drink trade specialists now appointed in 10 key cities around the world. These posts are jointly funded by the partnership and they exist to unlock new opportunities for export sales.

Find out more www.foodanddrink.scot

Clydesdale Bank – International Trade

Smooth running businesses rely on administrative efficiency and healthy productivity to keep them ticking along. At Clydesdale Bank, they understand how important it is to keep your financial management tight. They have many years of experience in dealing with businesses over a wide range of sectors, and have the contacts and services which can help you to manage your finances for the current business climate, and that of the future.

Developing your business overseas can be challenging, Clydesdale help to identify and tailor solutions to address these challenges. They work with you to establish your business goals and map the best development routes to help you achieve them.

Clydesdale’s international solutions can help businesses to manage their finances abroad. This could help you work with companies to find the most effective processes to develop your business and trade overseas.

Clydesdale Bank work with companies large and small and have the knowledge and experience to provide guidance on the appropriate financial track for your deals and negotiations.

Clydesdale Bank believe that if you are thinking of exporting, then preparation is key. Here are five simple things they think you should know to help you on your way to overseas success.

  1. Choose your markets intelligently 

Research and preparation are essential. Look at all the markets that you think will be suitable for your business and identify where you think there is a strong localised demand for your product or service.

  1. How are you going to sell?

Remember to be flexible. Take local customs and preferences into account – remain open minded and look at all your options. For example; opening a branch is the most high-impact option but it is also the most expensive, while selling online is cheap but it has a number of challenges and competition is fierce.

  1. How are you going to get paid?

The way you actually receive payment will almost certainly be different for exports, especially the time it takes to come through.

  1. How will you get there?

Transporting your goods may have unique logistical challenges in certain countries. Local laws, the local climate and the sheer distance are some issues that may arise. It is also your responsibility to operate within the law. Expect something of a learning curve and always assume you have missed something.

  1. How well do you know your customer?

To establish a successful relationship with overseas customers you need to know what they need and how they think. Making an effort to understand different cultures can’t guarantee you success, but not doing so ensures failure. Everything from learning the language to reading the local news can help you get it right first time.

John Brown, Head of Trade and Invoice Finance for Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank will be doing a workshop at BIOS in International Finance. He will be joined by 2 case study speakers, Paul Bodger and Stephen Heslop.

Paul Bodger, Director @ Origin Fitness Ltd 

Origin Fitness specialises in providing the best in fitness equipment along with an expert gym design and installation service to customer spanning across all sectors from performance sports facilities, local authorities, colleges and universities to health clubs, and the personal training sector. Key customers include Team GB Tae Kwon-Do and the Scottish Rugby Union.

Origin Fitness is the core brand of Anytime Leisure  Limited which was founded in 2008 by Paul Bodger and Josh Bicknell. Origin Fitness is Scotland’s only commercial equipment specialist, and in turn one of the largest independent UK suppliers in the industry with a turnover currently in excess of £8 million.

Managing Director of Anytime Leisure, Paul Bodger, has over 20 years in the fitness and leisure equipment industry. Paul studied for a degree in Finance & Economics in New Zealand before working in sales for various equipment providers, representing some of the fitness industry’s top brands.

Stephen Heslop, COO @ Hutchison Networks Ltd 

A proven business leader having had a very successful career in FMCG previously as CEO of the Real Good Food Plc, a £240 m turnover food manufacturing group.
His skills and experience span a number of core disciplines from operational and commercial management to strategic planning. During his 27 years in industry his specialist areas have focused around business development, rationalization and turnaround scenarios.
Stephen has a Diploma in Management Studies with Strategic Marketing. He is also a graduate of Warwick Business School Executive programme and attended Templeton College Oxford studying corporate finance.
Stephen is now COO of Hutchinson Networks Ltd an Edinburgh based IT Networks provider delivering  services Internationally across many sectors  delivering for both SMB and Blue Chip clients in over 100 countries worldwide.

The Digital Agenda

The BIOS conference would like to introduce it’s latest exciting speaker: Penny Heyes, Director @ The Digital Agenda

The Digital Agenda is a written report, without the jargon, that provides insight into what is happening in the world of digital and mobile, and how it could affect you and your company.
The Quarterly “Digital Innovation Agenda” investigates and reports on the most important mobile and digital trends that will impact your business, sector and markets worldwide.
Every quarter, the innovation and insight team will give their informed view on changing consumer behaviours, social data and new tech innovations, the current state of the digital and mobile market and a forecast of emerging developments.
The Digital Agenda identifies the latest and future global and sector-specific trends relevant for your organisation, examining the impact they will have on consumers and business.
Reports are underpinned by rigorous research and robust data. We present our research findings in an engaging report, providing clear direction and recommendations for you and your business.

Why attend a Digital in the Boardroom Seminar/ Workshop

Ultimately, The Digital Agenda helps the attendees to foresee, react and move ahead of tomorrow’s disruptive technology forces to ensure they remain creatively, culturally and commercially relevant and successful. This is done by helping them to:
• Understand new and emerging consumer behaviours
• Anticipate future market trends
• Assess existing and potential competitors
• Make sense of game-changing technology
• Kick-start innovation and new ideas
• Seize the opportunities presented by the hyper-connected world

Click here for more information on The Digital Agenda

Mackays

BIOS is pleased to introduce a new speaker – Paul Grant, Chairman of Mackays. Based in Arbroath, Mackays has been making famous premium marmalades and preserves for over 70 years, now exporting to over 50 countries worldwide. When Paul first bought the company, there were zero exports. Now exports are very important to Mackays and are treated as importantly as any other part of the business. Today, the compromise more than 40% of Mackays total sales.

Following a 27 year career with United Biscuits, Paul Grant bought Mackays from the company in 1995. From a £1m turnover back then – starting with only a 1 year contract to supply the jam for the centre of the jam ring biscuits for United Biscuits and no commercially branded products – Paul has been instrumental in the growth of the Mackays business both at home and overseas, since the launch of the Mackays brand and acquisition of Mrs Bridges in 2000.

In 2013, Paul was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards for his long term contribution to the industry.

Since handing over the reins to son Martin in 2011 and becoming the Chairman of Mackays, Paul has taken on a number of new roles including Chairman of Scotland’s Dairy Growth Board, Vice Chair of Dundee & Angus College and is also a board member for Scottish Enterprise (Tayside).

Business In & Out of Scotland

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The Business In & Out of Scotland (BIOS) conference is aimed at encouraging exports out of Scotland and imports into Scotland.Did you know that 50% of all exports from Scotland are done by just 50 companies? Our conference brings together companies to share the export journey where they will share experiences and learning about how they can grow their offering outside of Scotland.

Building on the success of previous years, we are now offering a full day affair offering a great line up VIP speakers in the morning followed by workshops in the afternoon. BIOS will deliver relaxed, informal networking over a buffet lunch in our exhibition area to ensure quality engagement for everyone. There are also ways to raise your profile by taking a stand and there is also a comprehensive sponsorship menu on offer – all designed to increase brand awareness and maximise value for everyone.
The focus of the conference is on Sales, Growth and Expansion and we will have Scottish brands already operating in the UK who wish to export as well as players with an international presence that they are keen to grow.

So whether you are selling a product or a service and want to expand your client base, extend your geographical reach or simply connect with ambitious businesses, this is the event for you. It is an interactive day with VIP talks and facilitated Q&A during the morning with more intimate discussion and debate in the afternoon seminars. So great networking is a given. BIOS staff will be on hand throughout the day to make introductions and ensure everyone gets value.

Why should you attend?

  • Learn new strategies and techniques
  • Make valuable connections
  • Be inspired by our VIP speakers and their stories of overcoming growth challenges
  • Raise your profile and make clear your message by attending and/or exhibiting
  • Better understand the challenges in sales, growth and marketing and how to overcome them
  • Get your head round the challenges in taking the plunge to export
  • Increase your market share with sound strategy behind your growth plans

Who will attend?

Senior Executives, Directors, Owners/Managers of SME’s across the Scottish Business network from Hospitality, Energy, Technology, Property and Professional Services sectors. We also anticipate a good take up from Public Sector organisations who offer support for exporting or growth generally. There will be a strong mix of sector representatives at BIOS and we anticipate upwards of 150 delegates.

The Conference

The speaker programme attracts an audience of senior-level professionals and strategic decision makers from both industry and public sector. Through a series of in-depth, non-commercial presentations, case studies and discussions, participants will be privy to the latest developments in exporting. Areas covered will be which countries and markets suit which products and services and what is the best route to access them. Our expert speakers are not consultants – they are business people operating at the sharp end who have actually gone out there, done it and got the T-shirt! Making connections with these individuals is invaluable to your success, whether you are about to export or already doing so.

The Exhibition

Our exhibition area will be teaming with Specialised Service Providers who have a track record in supporting companies through the exporting journey whether it be a product or a service. Their stands will be manned by seasoned professionals who can show you how the whole game works. Again, if you are already exporting and want to increase your market share they will be on hand to let you know what new grants and initiatives are available.

In fact, the whole event will draw in a UK wide visitorship of highly qualified, solution-hungry end users from industry as well as integrators and suppliers looking to connect their products and services to meet these needs.

Come and engage with the network for contacts, learning, ideas, inspiration and techniques to increase sales.

A full day affair!

BIOS will take place over a full day from 8.45am to 4.30pm and beyond. This gives delegates time for business development, networking, information gathering and key learning.

Exhibition & Networking Area

We will have a designated area in Dynamic Earth specifically for exhibition stands (20 in total) and networking. All the refreshments will be served in this area to ensure maximum footfall to showcase the exhibitors offering and facilitate engagement between delegates. Exhibition stands are allocated on a “first come first served basis” and demand is high.

Please contact us on 0131 526 3104 for more information.

Q&A

Keynote Speakers in the morning will be given 20 minutes for their talk and then take part in a 20-minute Q&A session with delegates, using a microphone to drill down in to the nitty gritty of their stories.

Attendance & Ticket Prices

The event is taking place on Thursday 27th October, attendees should arrive at 8.45am. We are currently offering a discounted Early Bird rate – so make sure you don’t miss out!

 Stand out from the crowd with Sponsorship!

Sponsorship of BIOS represents an excellent opportunity for your organization to establish its presence and increase its visibility in this growing marketplace, both before, after and during the conference. We have designed the packages to offer great exposure ensuring your company will be at the forefront of attendees minds.

 

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Scottish Exports – What are the Government’s thoughts?

In a recent Scottish government review (Wilson Review of Support for Scottish Exporting), the need to increase Scottish exports was highlighted. The governments goal is to increase Scottish exports 50% by 2017, compared with a base of £22.81bn of exports in 2010. In order to reach this target of £34bn, the review identified two areas that were causing barriers to export for Scottish SMEs:

  1. Many small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) that wish to take the first steps towards becoming exporters still experience difficulties identifying where to get the help and advice they need.
  2. Access to finance is the most significant barrier faced by SMEs seeking to turn themselves into exporters.

This years BIOS Export / Import Conference is aimed at tackling these two areas. BIOS provides a forum in which SMEs interested in export are able to collaborate, knowledge share, and interact with companies who have been through (or are going through) the export process. Our speakers have been selected to represent different stages of the export process, or to provide a different way of thinking.

Paul Grant, Chairman of Mackays, represents an established foothold in the export market. Mackays is a leading Scottish food company exporting to over  50 countries worldwide. Mackays was founded in 1938 by the Mackay Brothers. Today, owned by the Grant family and based in Scotland, Mackays is proud of it’s heritage and authentic products.

Fiona Houston, Co-founder of Mara Seaweed, represents an “up-and-coming” brand, and a relative new comer to exporting. Mara Seaweed is new to the market and export game but making a big splash with a niche product. Now exporting a range of seaweed flakes, powders and blends across the UK, USA and Europe, Fiona has driven the company’s growth from concept to an award-winning innovative food brand.  In 2015 she won BQ’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  Click here for more information on Mara Seaweed

Emma Meredith, Director of Internationalisation at Edinburgh College brings an academic and service based element to BIOS.  Edinburgh college sell and deliver courses worldwide from their Edinburgh base.

Emil Stickland, Director, Thrive Digital will be providing a workshop, aimed at helping SMEs  to develop their international online presence. In conjunction with BIOS, Thrive digital have created a white paper to help Scottish SMEs think about how they can use online as a cost effective means of export. Download their white paper here.

Finance was identified by the Wilson Review to be the most significant barrier faced by SMEs when exporting. At BIOS we have a seminar presented by John Brown, Head of Trade & Working Capital, Clydesdale Bank on International Finance. John will be presenting two case studies from The Weir Leather Group & Borders Biscuits.

To read the entire Wilson Review, you can download it here.

 

Mara Seaweed

BIOS is pleased to introduce a new speaker – Fiona Houston, Co-founder of Mara Seaweed. Mara Seaweed is new to the market and export game but making a big splash with a niche product.

Fiona Houston is “SeaEO” of Mara Seaweed, the UK’s first seaweed brand and only SALSA accredited seaweed facility. She leads its mission to sell seaweed products around the world that ‘Nourish Body and Soul.’

A random meeting in a school playground in 2005 led to a wild food book, ‘Seaweed and Eat It’ (2008), which led to founding the Celtic Sea Spice Company (t/a Mara Seaweed) in 2011. Now exporting a range of seaweed flakes, powders and blends across the UK, USA and Europe, Fiona has driven the company’s growth from concept to an award-winning innovative food brand. In 2015 she won BQ’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Keynote speakers

 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

PAUL GRANT

Chairman @ Mackays

Based in Arbroath, Mackays has been making famous premium marmalades and preserves for over 70 years, now exporting to over 50 countries worldwide. When Paul first bought the company, there were zero exports. Now exports are very important to Mackays and are treated as importantly as any other part of the business. Today, the compromise more than 40% of Mackays total sales.

Following a 27 year career with United Biscuits, Paul Grant bought Mackays from the company in 1995. From a £1m turnover back then – starting with only a 1 year contract to supply the jam for the centre of the jam ring biscuits for United Biscuits and no commercially branded products – Paul has been instrumental in the growth of the Mackays business both at home and overseas, since the launch of the Mackays brand and acquisition of Mrs Bridges in 2000.

In 2013, Paul was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards for his long term contribution to the industry.

Since handing over the reins to son Martin in 2011 and becoming the Chairman of Mackays, Paul has taken on a number of new roles including Chairman of Scotland’s Dairy Growth Board, Vice Chair of Dundee & Angus College and is also a board member for Scottish Enterprise (Tayside).

Find out more 

FIONA HOUSTON

Co-Founder @ Mara Seaweed

Fiona Houston is “SeaEO” of Mara Seaweed, the UK’s first seaweed brand and only SALSA accredited seaweed facility. She leads its mission to sell seaweed products around the world that ‘Nourish Body and Soul.’

A random meeting in a school playground in 2005 led to a wild food book, ‘Seaweed and Eat It’ (2008), which led to founding the Celtic Sea Spice Company (t/a Mara Seaweed) in 2011. Now exporting a range of seaweed flakes, powders and blends across the UK, USA and Europe, Fiona has driven the company’s growth from concept to an award-winning innovative food brand. In 2015 she won BQ’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

From Harrods to Marks & Spencer, home chefs to Michelin-starred kitchens, Mara keeps gaining in popularity. In China alone seaweed is £10 billion-a-year industry and across China, Japan and Korea people eat it daily.

Fiona is a passionate seaweed expert and when she’s not too busy running the business she still loves to get her feet wet harvesting.

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LORD DUNLOP

Scotland Office Minister Lord Andrew Dunlop will be discussing trade and the opportunities following the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

Andrew Dunlop will discuss the UK Government’s work to maintain strong business relations. He will discuss exporting through a range of initiatives, such as utilising the UK Government’s extensive global network. He will also discuss opportunities available through the Government’s campaigns such as Exporting is GREAT.

Andrew Dunlop brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this prestigious event; his professional experience covers both the political and the business world and his career spans more than 30 years. Andrew Dunlop was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office on 17 July 2016. He was also appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scotland Office on 14 May 2015.

Andrew earned BA and MA degrees in Political Science and Government from Edinburgh University. In 2012 Andrew became the Prime Minister’s principal adviser within Downing Street on devolved constitutional issues. Earlier in his career he was the head of policy and research for the Scottish Conservative Party, special adviser to the Defence Secretary and a member of the Downing Street Policy Unit.

 

PROFESSOR GRAEME ROY

Director (Designate) @ the Fraser of Allander Institute

Professor Graeme Roy is the Director (Designate) of the Fraser of Allander Institute.

For over 40 years the Fraser of Allander has been the leading independent research institute on Scotland’s economy and a recognised authority on economic policy. Graeme is a former Head of the First Minister’s Policy Unit and a Senior Economic Adviser in the Scottish Government.

He will be focusing on trading internationally, post Brexit.

 

WORKSHOPS

JOHN BROWN

John Brown, Head of Trade & Working Capital at the Clydesdale Bank will be carrying out a workshop about International Finance.

Case Study Speakers:

  • Paul Bodger, Director, Origin Fitness Ltd
  • Stephen Heslop, COO, Hutchison Networks Ltd

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EMIL STICKLAND

Emil Stickland, Director at Thrive Digital will be carrying out a workshop in Ecommerce with Rubik’s as a case study.

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PENNY HEYES

Penny Heyes, Director at The Digital Agenda will be carrying out a workshop on The Internet of Things.

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